Usually seniors have a number of complications, including pain, joint stress, osteoarthritis, and other physical limitations. This is why the elderly can benefit from having a yoga practice incorporated into their daily or weekly routine.
How to Increase your Health as You Grow Older
Although getting older provides many benefits, such as wisdom, grace, experience, and insight, it can also come with many challenges.
With over one third of adults 65 and older being obese, it becomes harder to keep extra weight off.
Risk of life-threatening illnesses, such as:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Joint stress
Older people experience increased rates of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Memory may fail, equilibrium may become impaired, and ultimately a sense of self can suffer. Not to mention the number of Alzheimer’s disease patients double every five years after age 65.
The good news is as a senior, there’s so much you can do to boost your overall health and well-being, such as:
- Healthy eating
- brain training exercises
Why Seniors Should Incorporate Yoga Into Their Daily Routine
Yoga can also offer a wide range of health benefits— working physical and psychological wonders, especially restorative yoga. Seniors who often deal with discomfort, joint tension, osteoarthritis, and other physical limitations may benefit from their daily routine including yoga practice.
Here are just four of the many benefits of a daily yoga practice for seniors.
Most yoga poses put an emphasis on harmony and balance, both of which are incredibly important as you age. Strengthening your muscles and balance will reduce the risk of falling, which is a common concern for elderly people. Not only does it prevent them in the first place, but an increase in strength and stability also helps seniors bounce back and recover, should a fall occur.
Increasing Joint Health
If you’re looking for a gentle exercise that will enhance flexibility, yoga is a great option. Exercises such as yoga are ideal if your joints feel sore or achy. Researchers found yoga’s efficiency as an exercise for treating osteoarthritis in elderly women, it had many therapeutic benefits.
Not only can these low-impact moves loosen your muscles, they can also tone your supporting muscles and help prevent injury.
Breathing problems and decreased resistance to physical exertion come with age. Anything in the respiratory system that decreases oxygen can have harmful effects on the body and mind. Recent studies have shown that in elderly women, a 12-week yoga program significantly improved breathing ability.
Breathing is the foundation of life. Some can go weeks without food, but you can’t go without oxygen for more than a few minutes, so keeping the respiratory system in tip-top shape at any age is a good idea.
Reducing High Blood Pressure
Hypertension can lead to cardiovascular disease and is the second leading cause of kidney disease. Recent studies have found that yoga reduces oxidative stress in seniors. Oxidative stress is one of the underlying causes of high blood pressure and is a major risk factor for heart attacks.
Fairmont Grand Senior Living Community
Fairmont Grand is a resident centered senior living and memory care facility in Rapid City, SD. Our goal is to create an environment where resident well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
Our wide range of services are designed to meet you or your loved one’s daily needs. We offer restaurant style dining options, a variety of physical activities, and give residents the opportunity to live as independently as possible.